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Man who escaped prison surrenders in St. Paul

St. paul -- A weeklong search for a prison escapee ended peacefully Saturday. Jun William Vang turned himself over at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to four St. Paul police gang unit officers and one Minnesota Department of Corrections fugitive unit officer...

St. paul -- A weeklong search for a prison escapee ended peacefully Saturday.

Jun William Vang turned himself over at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to four St. Paul police gang unit officers and one Minnesota Department of Corrections fugitive unit officer at an undisclosed St. Paul location, officials said.

Jun Vang, 27, walked away from the minimum security unit of the Lino Lakes state prison Sept. 8, where he was serving a 13-year sentence for second-degree attempted murder.

Jun Vang's escape caused a stir among some Lino Lakes residents because the public wasn't informed of the escape for at least 45 hours.

"[Authorities] have been working around the clock on the apprehension," said Shari Burt, a corrections spokeswoman.

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Officers sought out Jun Vang's friends, relatives and acquaintances until they established communication with the fugitive, Burt said.

She would not say how long police have been in contact with Jun Vang or where he has been since his disappearance. He will remain at the Ramsey County Jail while prosecutors consider charges. He will eventually return to prison, Burt said.

Jun Vang was scheduled for parole in February, but corrections officials indicated his escape could affect that.

Prison officials said early this week that the public was not notified of Jun Vang's prison escape because they didn't want him to know they were looking for him.

"Public safety is paramount," Burt said.

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